Essay Topic 1
Describe and discuss the motif of onions in Buried Onions. When are they first mentioned by the narrator? How do onions play into the description of the setting in the barrio? What is represented by the onion seller in the novel?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the theme of escape in the narrative. What are ways that Eddie seeks to escape the reality around him? How is escape illustrated in the characters at Holmes playground? How does the military represent escape to Eddie?
Essay Topic 3
Describe and analyze the narrative voice of the novel and its protagonist. In what person and tense is the story told? Who narrates? Is this point-of-view a limited or an omniscient one?
Essay Topic 4
Describe and analyze the setting of Buried Onions. How is a barrio defined? In what year does the story take place? How does Eddie describe the city of Fresno...
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